The Lacombe Generals played their semi-final game against the Rosetown Redwings where they were able to gain and maintain an early lead in the game. Despite a couple of intense powerplays, the Generals were able to come out of the game with a win of 3-1.
“You want to establish your game rather then them establish theirs. You don’t really want to stick a toe in the water and see where it goes. You want to see if you can dictate the play,” said the Generals’ head coach, Sean Robertson.
The Lacombe Generals will now be going into the Allan Cup final game against their season rivals the Innisfail Eagles. Throughout the season, Innisfail and Lacombe have come against each other at odds for titles including the ACHW championship, provincial championship, and now they will face each other for national honour of claiming the Allan Cup.
“We’ve always known that they work hard, they’re resilient, they don’t stop, they keep coming. It’s been that way for a long, long, time. Well, since Brian has been there it’s been that way,” said Robertson reflecting on the Eagles.
However, it is possible that things could be different this time around, although the Generals play for the Allan cup in their home town, being that Innisfail is so close, Eagles fans will likely make the trip as well. On top of that, this will be the first time the Eagles have made it to finals for the Allan cup, whereas Lacombe have been able to get into that final game nine times of the last eleven years. Last year, the Lacombe Generals were in the Allan cup finals and lost to the Stony Creek Generals and there are those on the team that remember that battle.
“They just spoke up, they’ve gone through their experiences and the lessons that they’ve learned and it’s a huge advantage to have that,” said Robertson about those returning players.
“Our starts are huge, I think were trumping at the bit, getting that day off was nice. We’ve been working for this all year obviously so guys are fired up and they’re excited for the opportunity,” said Generals player, Brennan Evans.
The final will show whether the Innisfail Eagles are hungry enough for that win they’ve been craving all season, or if the Generals will make a comeback after defeat in the final last year.
The Gary Moe Auto Group Sportsplex was just about at capacity for both semi-final games. For the final game on April 13th at 6:00 PM, all tickets have been completely sold out. However, if you were hoping to catch the action you can watch them on the live stream by clicking here.